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Call for Speakers & Topics
Call for Speakers
FMEA plans our conferences, forums, workshops and publications with the advice and input of many people. We would like your help in developing topics for our upcoming conferences and Relay magazine.

Please submit one or more presentation ideas on any of the topics listed below or any issue you feel may be of interest and pertinent to Florida’s electric utility industry.
The lists below indicate potential presentation and story ideas. This is only a partial list of ideas and is not exclusive or definitive. If you know of a speaker or would like to speak yourself on these or additional topics, please complete the form.
FMEA Annual Conference
The FMEA Annual Conference
The Breakers Palm Beach
July 28-30, 2020 • Palm Beach, FL
Controlling Costs
  • Improving Borrowing Costs and Capital Access
  • Customer Education
  • Determining Success of Social Media
  • Handling Emergencies
  • General Fund Transfers
  • Utility Financial Benchmarks
  • Flat Sales

Legal Seminar
  • Liability Issues
  • Dealing with Public Records Requests
  • Disclosure Matters
  • Regulations in Washington and Tallahassee

Policymaker Issues
  • Inside Views of Florida Politics
  • Best Practices for Decision Makers
  • Environmental Issues
  • Legislative Topics

Other Topics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Connecting with Employees of Different Generations
  • Leadership Skills and/or Strategies
  • Smart Innovations
  • Improving Communications
  • Future of Electric Utility Industry
The Breakers Palm Beach
Who Attends this FMEA Event?
  • Utility Directors & Managers
  • Utility Supervisors
  • Electric Utility Directors
  • Policymakers
  • City Commissioners
  • City Council Members
  • City Managers
  • Legal Counsel
  • Finance Managers
  • Environmental Managers
  • Communication Managers
  • Customer Service Managers
  • Engineers
  • Key Account Managers
  • IT Managers
To submit your idea, use our online submission form or email Nicole Albers, Public Affairs Manager at, nalbers@publicpower.com .
FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show
FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show
The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
October, 2020 • Orlando, FL
Customer Connections
  • HR Challenges and Best Practices
  • Social Media: Enhancing Customer Communications
  • Forecasting and Scheduling Software for Call Centers
  • Call Center Management Strategies
  • New Collections Strategies
  • Energy Conservation Programs
  • Customer Service Benchmarking
  • CSR Training
  • Key Accounts Management
  • Improving the Customer’s Self-service Experience (Web/IVR)
  • Mobile Strategies for Engaging Customers
  • Other Communications Topics

Lineworker Training
  • Technical Lineworker Training
  • Overhead/Underground Distribution
  • Technology for Field Crews
  • Protective Grounding
  • Transformer Fundamentals
  • Line Design Training for Lineworkers
  • Apprentice Training Programs

Information & Operational Technology
  • GIS Utilization
  • Customer Engagement Technology
  • Energy Apps
  • Meter Data Management
  • IVR Technology
  • Phone Trafficking Technology
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Cyber Security
  • Emerging Technology to Improve Operations and Safety
  • Using Drones

Safety & Training
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Interactive Online Training
  • Communicating Strategies during an Emergency
  • Safety and Compliance Leadership
  • Training Trends/Technology for Utilities
  • Worksite Safety: Rules for Cover-ups
  • FR Clothing Policy
  • Protective Grounding
  • Plant Safety and Security Practices

Transmission & Distribution
  • Using AMR Applications to Improve Reliability System Maintenance for Outage Reduction
  • Reliability Tracking Systems
  • Improving Substation Security
  • Smart Grid and Smart Meters
  • Best Practices in AMI Implementation
  • Smart Substations with New Technologies
The Florida Hotel
Who Attends this FMEA Event?
  • Utility Directors & Managers
  • Policymakers
  • City Managers
  • City Commissioners
  • Finance Managers
  • Legal Counsel
  • Utility Supervisors
  • Safety Managers
  • Communications Personnel
  • Customer Service Personnel
  • Environmental Managers
  • Engineers
  • Lineworkers
  • T&D Managers
  • Key Accounts Personnel
  • Mutual Aid Coordinators
  • Energy Auditors
  • Information Technology Managers
  • Training Officers
  • Revenue Personnel
  • Field Services Personnel
To submit your idea, use our online submission form or email Elizabeth Bendele, Manager of Member Services & Programs, at ebendele@publicpower.com .
RELAY Magazine
Florida's Energy & Electric Utility Magazine

Relay is Florida’s only electric utility magazine with a statewide readership that includes municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, private utilities, legislators, regulators, utility suppliers and consultants. Our editorial team looks to you - our membership - for article topics and case-study articles.

2020 Editorial Calendar

Issue 1
  • Content due: January 10, 2020
  • Magazine mailed: late-March
Issue 2
  • Content due: April 10, 2020
  • Magazine mailed: late-June
Issue 3
  • Content due: July 10, 2020
  • Magazine mailed: late-September
Issue 4
  • Content due: October 9, 2020
  • Magazine mailed: mid-December
RELAY Magazine
To submit your idea, use our online submission form or email Garnie Holmes, Director of Communications & Marketing/Editor-In-Chief, at gholmes@publicpower.com .
FMEA-FMPA Hurricane Forum
FMEA-FMPA Hurricane & Emergency Preparedness Forum
Spring, 2020 • Orlando, FL
Forum Topics

  • 2019 Hurricane Season Overview and Lessons Learned
  • Mutual Aid Best Practices
  • FEMA Public Assistance Process
  • T&D and Restoration Operations
  • Customer Services, Communications and Community Outreach
  • Logistics Coordinators
Who Attends this FMEA Event?

  • Utility Directors
  • Mutual Aid Logistics Coordinators
  • T&D Managers
  • Lineworker Foreman
  • Lineworkers
  • Supervisors
  • Safety Managers
  • Safety Officers
  • Safety and Training Coordinators
  • Engineers
  • Customer Service Managers and Representatives
  • Key Account Managers and Representatives
  • Communication Managers and Specialists
  • Community Outreach Coordinators
To submit your idea, use our online submission form or email Elizabeth Bendele, Manager of Member Services & Programs , at ebendele@publicpower.com .
2020 Florida Public Power Calendar
Submit your ideas for our other FMEA Workshops and Roundtables
November 18-20, 2019
  • FAASSTeR Project Team Members & Stakeholder Fall Meeting • Jacksonville, FL

December 12, 2019
  • Energy Auditors Roundtable • Hosted by Beaches Energy Services

February 6, 2020
  • Customer Connections Roundtable • Hosted by Ocala Electric Utility

February 10-11, 2020
  • FMEA Legislative Rally • Tallahassee, FL

February 18, 2020
  • Power Line Design & Staking Level 1 • Hosted by KUA

March 13-14, 2020
  • Florida Lineman Competition • Hosted by City of Tallahassee

March 19, 2020
  • Administrative Professionals Roundtable • Hosted by OUC

Spring, 2020
  • FMEA-FMPA Hurricane Forum • Orlando, FL

April, 2020
  • GIS Roundtable • Hosted by KUA

April 21, 2020
  • Key Accounts Roundtable • Hosted by Ocala Electric Utility

July 28-30, 2020
  • FMEA Annual Conference • Palm Beach, FL

October, 2020
  • FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show • Orlando, FL

Dec 1-4, 2020
  • Power Line Design & Staking Level 2 • Orlando, FL